Alison Brysk

Distinguished Professor

Office Location

SSMS 2121


​International human rights


Ph.D. in Political Science, Stanford University (1990)


ALISON BRYSK is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has authored or edited 17 books on international human rights.

Professor Brysk has been selected Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights of the International Studies Association; the American Political Science Association; a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center;and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.




Brysk has lectured in Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bhutan, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan—and virtually in Trinidad and the United Arab Emirates. She has held Fulbright Fellowships in India, Canada and the United Kingdom (Oxford).


Current project:  "Abortion rights, globalization, and the politics of reproduction: Latin America, Europe, and the U.S."


The Struggle for Freedom From Fear: Contesting Violence Against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization. Oxford University Press, 2018. 

The Future of Human Rights. Polity Press, 2018.

Speaking Rights to Power. Oxford University Press. 2013.

Global Good Samaritans: Human rights as foreign policy, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Human Rights and Private Wrongs, Routledge Press, 2005.

From Tribal Village to Global Village:  Indian Rights and International Relations in Latin America, Stanford University Press, 2000.

The Politics of Human Rights in Argentina, Stanford University Press, 1994.